Monday, Dec. 30

Elks hosts bingo

BENNINGTON -- Every Monday, the Bennington Elks hosts bingo. There will be a $1,000 jackpot and 31 games for $13. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 7 p.m. The Bennington Elks is located at 125 Washington Ave.

Bennington Free Clinic Monday hours

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Clinic has added Monday hours, in addition to its Thursday schedule. It will be open from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St. Call for an appointment, 447-3700. Drop-ins will not be seen.

Tuesday, Dec. 31

Safe Ride program

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Sheriff's Office has partnered with Bennington Taxi for the 5th year, for the New Year's Eve Safe Ride program. This program began in 2009 and it has been a success. They typically offer between 150-200 rides home on New Year's. It has reduced the average number of DUI arrests for that evening. On New Year's Eve between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. they will be giving people a free safe and sober ride home.

Additionally, the Sheriffs will have DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols out that evening in concert with VSP, Bennington PD and Manchester PD. Anyone looking for a free ride that evening should call Bennington Taxi at 442-9052. The Sheriff's Office is accepting donations to fund this event. Anyone wishing to donate is asked to make checks payable to the Bennington County Sheriff's safe ride fund.

New Year's Party

BENNINGTON -- Party into 2014 with Funk in the Trunk at Mount Anthony Country Club from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. New Year's Eve. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and include a champagne toast at midnight. There will be a pre-show New Year's Eve Dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Grille. Tickets and dinner reservations are highly recommended. Call 802-442-2617.

Overeaters Anonymous meets

BENNINGTON -- Overeaters Anonymous meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St.

Bingo at Bennington Moose Lodge

BENNINGTON -- Bingo is held every Tuesday at the Bennington Moose. Doors open at 5 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available. There will be a $1,000 special, with 58 numbers.

Story Time at Cheney Library

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library will hold a story time for preschoolers and their caregivers on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Several of the classic tales and songs will be read. There will be crafts and snacks. Plan to come with your preschool child; it will be lots of fun.

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014

Bennington Town Offices closed

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Town Offices will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 1, in observance of the holiday. Offices will reopen on Thursday, Jan. 2, at 8 a.m.

New Year's Day Breakfast

ARLINGTON -- Red Mountain Chapter No.41 Order of the Eastern Star will hold the annual New Year's Day Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at the Masonic Lodge on East Arlington Road, next to mack molding. A large selection of breakfast items will be available for a $6.50 donation. The community is invited to attend. Tickets will be available at the door. The Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women may belong. For information on the breakfast or The Eastern Star contact Kathy Cotrofeld at 375-6782.

Come to Hoosick swearing in

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- The public is invited to the swearing in ceremony of our newly elected Town of Hoosick officials on Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 1p.m. at the Hoosick Armory.

The short ceremony will be followed by light fare. Come and celebrate a new beginning for the Town with Hoosick Supervisor Mark Surdam, Councilmen Jeff Wysocki and Dave Sutton, Highway Superintendent Bill Shiland, Town Judge Tom Restino and Town Clerk Sue Stradinger.

Thursday, Jan 2

Pre-licensing course

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Northeast New York Safety and Health Council will sponsor the pre-licensing course at the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (Hoosick Falls Health Center) at 3:30 p.m. on Danforth Street. 

Bingo at Pownal Legion post

POWNAL -- American Legion Post 90 in Pownal holds bingo on Thursdays. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. There will be two progressive games and a snack bar will be available.

Friday, Jan. 3

Yoga as preventative medicine

BENNINGTON -- Doing yoga on a regular basis improves physical and mental health. Two new sessions of gentle yoga will be starting in early January: in Bennington on Friday, Jan. 3, at Earthy Crunch Mama, 227 River St. at 9:15 a.m. and in Arlington at the Martha Canfield Library, 528 East Arlington Road on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 9 a.m.

The cost of the six-week session is $65 per person. Contact Teresa King at teresaking1@live.com or leave a message at 802-733-5729 to register.

Quarterly water and sewer bills due today

BENNINGTON -- All quarterly water and sewer bills (flat and metered) are due Friday, Jan. 3. Payments must be made by personal check, bank check, money order or cash at the Town Offices. The town offices are open Monday through Friday and accept payments between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For a stamped receipt, you must bring both portions of the bill with you. If you wish to pay by credit card, you must call the phone number at the top of your bill (official payments). Credit cards not accepted at the Town Office. Questions or concerns, call 442-1037.

Saturday, Jan. 4

Defensive driving course

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Northeast New York Safety and Health Council will sponsor the defensive driving course at the Hoosick Falls Health Center on Saturday Jan. 4, starting at 8:30 a.m., on Danforth St.

Library monthly book sale

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Cheney Library will hold its monthly book sale, beginning at 8 a.m. The book sale runs until 1 p.m. This month all books are half price; so books will cost 25 cents and 50 cents. This will be a good opportunity to enlarge your personal libraries. Cheney Library hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 1 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 5

Legion bingo

BENNINGTON -- Bingo at American Legion Post 13 is held every Sunday. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 3 p.m. No one under 14 will be admitted.

Bennington VFW senior breakfast

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington VFW Post 1332, 137 North St., hosts a senior breakfast on the first Sunday of the month beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing "until gone." Donation: $3. Call 802-442-9857 with questions.